HER-story:

With words and images, I am telling my story. Through art, through sculpture, I am remembering HERstory...
CASIMIRA

Monday, November 30

his kiss

ageless souls soar, 2007 greeting card
he kissed me (my first kiss)
15 years ago
today

he married me
7 years ago
today

his kiss still makes me blush...

Sunday, November 29

setting a price

2009 mixed media on wood
how do I set a price on my soul's work?

by size or weight?
by time spent designing, sewing, hammering, painting?
by provenance or preference?

how do I set a price on something I consider priceless?

Saturday, November 28

circling love

2009 photograph
Walk to the well.
Turn as the earth and the moon turn,
circling what they love.
Whatever circles comes from the center.
-RUMI

...are you circling what you love?

Friday, November 27

dance in joy

another photo taken by baby, un-retouched 2009
dance away
denial

dance away
decay

dance away
grief

dance in
truth

dance in
renewal

dance in
joy

there is an ocean between them
both are drowning and can only save each other

one is dying
another is birthing

be here now
refreshed and ready to sing

today, dance in joy


remembering my Uca who always danced in joy,
happy birthday beloved Grand Mother

Thursday, November 26

thanksgiving recipe

detail from a silk pouch, 2009
5 pounds of gratitude
2 cups of forgiveness
4 cups of laughter
spice with a tablespoon of mischief & a pinch of mystery
add wonder to taste
mix well and serve with dance, joy and light

happy thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25

wake up to life

another un-retouched photograph taken by my one-year-old baby boy
sense energies
perceive fields of light
wake up to life
love in the moment

Tuesday, November 24

initiation

me, laughing through life
initiation
towards
sacred joy

living in the moment
forgiving all fools
laughing through life

stop complaining
start appreciating
now

message received during morning meditation

Monday, November 23

genius of light

2009 photograph from a series taken by my one-year-old
I stretch and I breathe
I forgive and I forget
he hands me a card that reads:

QUALITY rather than appearance...
ETHICS rather than rules....
INTEGRITY rather than domination...
KNOWLEDGE rather than achievement...
SERENITY rather than acquisitions.
- Dr. Wayne Dyer

the genius of the innocent
the genius of the pure of heart
the genius of light

Sunday, November 22

happy birthday

my beautiful mother & my beautiful baby
a mother's birthday
is a special day, indeed
happy birthday mammi

Saturday, November 21

lineas azules

my blue lips
I dreamed with blue oceans and lions
I heard his voice calling to me
I wrote to him in blue spanish

lineas azules
besos celestes
abrazos morados risas rosadas
y luz infinita

excerpt from a letter written this morning

Friday, November 20

almost believed

piece recently donated for a raffle benefitting Dress for Success
what does it mean? she wondered aloud.

what does what mean? he asked with curiosity.

life...she responded.

there are many interpretations of reality, but one universal truth, he answered with utmost security.

she almost believed him.

Thursday, November 19

closed eyes, opened soul

2009 self-portrait from a series
Paul Gauguin said he closed his eyes in order to see.
I close my eyes to go deep inside where I gain wisdom and strength.
I close my eyes and quiet my mind.
I close my eyes and breathe.
I close my eyes to open my soul.

Wednesday, November 18

timelessness

one of my altars
With the recent and most unexpected passing of a friend, I have been questioning time....and Kahlil Gibran answers me:
You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable.

You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons.

Of time you would make a stream upon whose bank you would sit and watch its flowing.

Yet the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness,

And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.

And that that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.

Who among you does not feel that his power to love is boundless?

And yet who does not feel that very love, through boundless, encompassed within the centre of his being, and moving not from love thought to love thought, nor from love deeds to other love deeds?

And time even as love is, undivided and spaceless?

But if in your thought you must measure time into seasons, let each season encircle the other seasons,

And let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing.

- Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, November 17

one night, all night

2009 self-portrait from a series
he slept with the ebony queen

she dreamed with the ancient pharaoh of peace

the young prince prayed all night

Monday, November 16

goldfish, yoga & buddha

one of my beloved Buddhas
Last night, I dreamed I attended a yoga retreat.
The instructor was Buddha.
I remember lovely goldfish swimming next to me.

Sunday, November 15

up all night

I was assembling pieces to photograph and someone decided to help
When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.

Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.

- RUMI

how well do you sleep?
sometimes, I have so many ideas...
sometimes, baby wakes me...
sometimes, I dream so much...

Saturday, November 14

drenched in joy

2007 photograph of sterling warrior bangles receiving nature's blessing
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven-
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

- Saint Patrick, Irish morning prayer

we began this rainy morning with
prayer
laughter
humility
forgiveness
we began this rainy morning
drenched in joy

Friday, November 13

celestial patroness

2007 mixed media detail
"Our Lady of Guadalupe
Celestial Patroness of the Americas
Empress of the Americas
Star of the New Evangelization
"I shall be there to listen to your cries, your sadness. I shall be there to cure your grievances, your misery, your suffering."
Mary is, and shall always be, the Mother of all mankind. We must heed Her call to love..."

excerpts from a small pamphlet I picked up at St. Patrick's in NYC, I saved it and just found it in one of my journals

originally published in 2007

Thursday, November 12

learning to make fire

amber detail
Marriage is not
a house or even a tent

it is before that, and colder;

the edge of the forest, the edge
of the desert
the unpainted stairs
at the back where we squat
outside, eating popcorn

the edge of the receding glacier

where painfully and with wonder
at having survived even
this far

we are learning to make fire

- "Habitation" by Margaret Atwood (b. 1939)


The poetry book called to me this morning.
I had never read this particular poem, and just loved it instantly.
...we are learning to make fire....

Wednesday, November 11

an empress

2007 Untitled color study for jewels
Purple - is fashionable twice -
This season of the year,
And when a soul perceives itself
To be an Emperor.
-- EMILY DICKINSON 1830-1886

or an empress...yes, a CASIMIRA empress

originally published in 2007

Tuesday, November 10

in my dreams

2009 photograph of Granada, Nicaragua
I was in an ancient city which seemed so familiar.
Cobblestone streets, an imposing cathedral and artists on every corner: dancing, painting, performing.
I had been here before....in my dreams, in another lifetime.

excerpt from last night's dreams

Monday, November 9

dreams are wiser

pieces for my upcoming show
Dreams are wiser than men.
- Omaha proverb

what have you been dreaming of?

Sunday, November 8

true emotions

2009 photograph

There were always in me, two women at least,
one woman desperate and bewildered,
who felt she was drowning and another who
would leap into a scene, as upon a stage,
conceal her true emotions because they
were weaknesses, helplessness, despair,
and present to the world only a smile,
an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.

- Anaïs Nin (1907-1977)

why do we feel the need to conceal our true emotions?

Saturday, November 7

every morning

2009 photograph
they don't have
very long memories,
so every morning
seems like a miracle

- Brian Andreas

every morning is a holiday
he wakes up overjoyed
laughing, playing, singing, dancing
...and he has an amazing memory
and an even more amazing heart

Friday, November 6

poetry of life

2007 Untitled mixed media
see the positive
-- he finds inspiration in everything - even in cleaning toilets

focus on the poetry of life
-- his paintings are silent poems

search for beauty and allow her to take over

forgive everyone, including yourself

thoughts after viewing an interview of a dear friend and mentor
Maestro Omar d'Leon

Thursday, November 5

let us love

Granada, Nicaragua 2009
she loves French music and dancing by moonlight
he loves her laugh
what do you love?
today, let us love...

Wednesday, November 4

haves & have nots

I have my hands full....2009 photograph

I have a brilliant one-year-old baby boy.

I do not have a nanny or a housekeeper.



I have an upcoming museum show and an international trip in less than a month.

I do not have an assistant.



I have the best husband-lover-friend on the planet....



excerpt from my journals

Tuesday, November 3

grateful

2009 photograph taken by my 1-year-old son
Pablo Picasso believed every child is an artist.
My little artist surprises and inspires me every single day.
New words - this morning it was "TORTUGA" (turtle).
Spontaneous sketches in my journals.
The plastic zebra I stepped on.
I am blessed and grateful beyond words...

Monday, November 2

floating in moonlight

2007 mixed media
I woke up from a dream to find him praying.
The statue of the Virgin glowed, floating in moonlight.

Sunday, November 1

dia de los muertos

detail from a corner of my desk
estamos muertos si no vivimos la vida al maximo
los muertos viven en nuestros recuerdos
hoy, dia de los muertos